I actually live in Milwaukee and my husband and I really wanted to find a hotel that was original and urban...like us. But in this day and age, it's so hard to find something truly original, especially in a hotel. But Iron Horse nailed it! Once we visited, we knew there was no other place in the world to have our wedding. The building is an old mattress factory that was vacant for almost 50 years and then turned into a stunningly vintage hotel. The hotel is beautiful, but not in a feminine way as most hotels try to be. It's very masculine. Leather couches, chandeliers made out of knives and gears, motorcycle on display, etc. But it's very chic and any woman would die to have the decorating abilities used in this hotel. And it's a sexy hotel- if you're looking for a romantic getaway, this is the place to go- the rooms have frosted full-length shower windows that you can see into from the bedroom. Very nice for romance. The wallpaper in the rooms are also quite seductive. They feature women (slightly) dressed in old fashioned dresses staring back with sultry eyes. Quite a risk to do something so drastic with a hotel room, but it totally works with the vibe (Also, the women featured are all Milwaukee girls so if you think us ladies here are beer wielding, cheese eating, unattractive women- try again...). But back to my wedding...my family is from Chicago and his is from all over. We wanted a place that would stun our guests and change their perception of Milwaukee instantly (most thought we would have our reception at a beer hall with a fish fry...gosh,do people have the wrong idea of Milwaukee!). Well, we were successful with astounding them with this rugged, yet classy hotel. Everyone was thrilled with the place! His grandma was ecstatic that she could also bring her little dog (yes, the hotel is dog-friendly and they treat them like royalty). The service was amazing. The cocktail hour in The Yard (outdoor patio) was a huge hit with everyone loving the big couches and sails that provided shade (yes, they use actual boat sails for shade, not cheap umbrellas- very cool). And the reception was beautiful in The Gallery (an art gallery in the basement of the hotel). Our reception was classically beautiful, but with a very vintage feel. Wooden posts (almost 300 years old) fall into the space and provide a very old warehouse feel. The steel warehouse doors are still in place at the entrance of the Gallery. Everyone couldn't get over the history of the building and how magnificent the restoration was- they kept such wonderful pieces of the original warehouse in tact.
And the amenities and services are SPECTACULAR. Symth, the restaurant, is by far one of the best restaurants in the city. Do yourself a favor and get dinner here! Branded, the bar, is so fantastic with some of the best bartenders around and bar food! And the vintage comic book portraits on the wall give it a fun, yet urban vibe. Pool table is always a fan fav as well. The lobby is very relaxing with luxurious antique couches, tables, leather chairs and beds, and tons of sparkling candles. It's kind of dark and mysterious, but it's still a bustling area of fun because you can order food and drinks and just hang out with people...or puppies. Music selection in the hotel is impeccable. Everything from Billie Holiday to Aerosmith. But you won't hear any rap or hip hop here. It's a rocker's hotel.
And again, back to the rooms. Yes, the showers are quite romantic, but they also feature the most amazing H2O products (our guests loved it!), and rain shower heads. Double sinks and vanity mirrors also are very nice for the ladies as well! And the beds are so plush and cloud-like. Imagine a big white cloud and that's your bed at Iron Horse. Also provides a wonderful night sleep- even for a anxious bride! Exposed brick only adds to the vintage vibe and character of this place.
So obviously we had a wonderful wedding here. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for an beautiful (and vintage) urban venue in Milwaukee. You will wow your guests instantly. No matter what the event is. But if you are just looking for a nice hotel (maybe for some romance), this is truly the ONLY pick in Milwaukee. It takes you to another place in time, a whole different era- when buildings actually were built by hand, and style was of the utmost importance. And places had character, and weren't just steel boxes with no soul. This place has soul- with the outstanding staff, restaurants, rooms, and more. You will never find another place like this. I'm so happy Milwaukee holds such a wonderful gem. We truly have one of the best hotels in the world. Only fitting for one of the best cities in the world!
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